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KIU Western Campus Organizes Successful Cervical Cancer Run


KIU, Western Campus –  On Saturday, April 13th, 2024, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at KIU Western Campus organized a successful Cervical Cancer Run.

Over 200 people participated in the run which was organized in collaboration with  Palliative Care Uganda, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Hunter Radio, B FM radio and AMI Apps.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for KIU Western Campus Assoc. Prof. Eric Mabonga was the Chief Runner and he explained the purpose of organizing the run.

“Our emphasis is on creating awareness about cervical cancer and at the same time help in early detection and treatment among women and girls,” he said.

“We are also encouraging women to tell their daughters and fellow women to go for vaccination because when someone is vaccinated, they have higher chances of surviving the cancer,” he added.

He also thanked all the partners who were involved in organizing the run because they exhibited the commitment and support required for it to be successful.

Other personalities that attended the run included Dr. Ahmed Kiswezi, the Director of Clinical Services at KIU Teaching Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Okurut, the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, representatives from Palliative Care Uganda, NWSC and the District Police Commander for Bushenyi district. Other activities organized on the sidelines of the run include blood donation and a cervical cancer screening clinic.

The run was won by Joel Kintu and Blillian Ainomugisha, who took gold in the men’s and ladies’ categories respectively. The silver and bronze (men category) were won by Ezekiel Odosil and George Benson Okung, while Maurice Babirye Nimusiima and Priscilla Apio won the silver and bronze for the ladies category.

Winners were given cash prizes worth 100,000 shillings for gold, 50,000 shillings for silver and 20,000 shillings for bronze.